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A cohort of Greywood’s current and aspiring middle leaders are working towards their National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML).

The group of eight leaders, working in schools across the Trust, received their virtual induction in July. Training begins this month in earnest (October), and runs throughout the year.

NPQs are high-quality professional qualifications recognised by the DfE. They are designed to develop a range of desirable and effective leadership behaviours. The course is delivered by experienced, accredited facilitators from the Association of Central Teaching Schools.

Candidates are sponsored by Greywood MST, supported by an in-school mentor and receive time to attend the training.

The course has six areas of main focus: (i) Strategy and Improvement; (ii) Teaching and Curriculum Excellence; (iiI) Leading with Impact; (iv) Working in Partnership; (v) Managing Resources; (vi) Risks and Increasing Capability.

As part of the programme, candidates will design and lead an improvement project within their own team, department or school. These projects – aimed at improving pupil progress, attainment and the capability of their team – last at least two terms. Leaders’ evaluation of their improvement projects form a core part of their final assessment on the course.

Mark Drury, Assistant Headteacher at The Friary School, said: “NPQs are highly valued qualifications and this is a great opportunity to develop some great talent both in our own school and across the Trust.”